PPG Kunshan Volunteer Service Base was established in the Day Care Center of the Shao Cun Nan Yuan Community on October 22, which is a part of PPG Community Engagement Project. Members of the town government and economic development committee, 14 PPG volunteers and more than 30 old persons attended the kick-off ceremony and Ms. Su Peilan, the vice head of the Lu Jia Zhen Town, unveiled the plaque for the base. Later, PPG volunteers spent a pleasant afternoon together with the elderly.
During the event, PPG volunteers passionately sang many songs for the old. The performances were enthusiastically applauded by them. A grandmother aged 80 even sang the East is Red in response to express her happiness. The atmosphere was warm in the center and full of laughter. After the performances, volunteers interacted and communicated with the old to better understand their interests and hobbies, which would be a good starting for providing long-term services in the future. EHS volunteers also introduced understandable home safety knowledge to the old, drawing a large positive response.
"Respecting the old and loving the young are not only traditional virtues of the Chinese people but also an important representation of PPG's core value – 'recognizing the needs and concerns of society'. Kunshan volunteer service base is a perfect example that shows how PPG fulfill their community engagement and represents how PPG helps improve government services as well," said Cathy Yan, PPG general manager government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific. "I hope that PPG's various volunteer services could show the volunteer spirit to the public and bring more happiness to the people in need."
Recently the children of TEDA's cardiovascular hospital and the elderly of Tianjin gerocomium received a very special PPG donation all the way from Pittsburgh USA: fun and mindboggling jigsaw puzzles. The donation is a heartfelt contribution from PPG's Corporate Social Responsibility team.
In total there were 19 puzzles donated, all hand selected by Cathy Yan, PPG general manager government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific, while on a business trip at PPG head quarter in Pittsburgh, with Sue Sloan, executive director, PPG foundation and global CSR. Seven puzzles were donated to TEDA cardiovascular hospital, and twelve to the gerocomiums in Tianjin, Wuhu, Kunshan and Zhangjiagang.
"Corporate sustainable development needs society's support, while society's further development also needs the care of corporations in its communities. This care does not purely arise from the goodness of one's heart, but also consists of passion, intellect and a steady drive towards a better future." Cathy Yan mentioned.
All jigsaw puzzles are from a charity donation in Pittsburgh, an effort on further educating people on eco-friendly practices. The puzzles provide a fun way for children and elderly alike to feel a part of something bigger, for those struggling with loneliness or sickness it brings immense joy to receive such kind gifts from afar. Not only do the recipients feel cared for, but they are also encouraged to flex and stretch their minds through an entertaining medium.
"Actually, all CSR contributions arise from little things and acts around us, the demand for our communities to be filled with more socially responsible citizens is evident in our everyday life. It truly depends on the careful and wise observation of each individual to catch little opportunities that allow us to give back to our community. PPG will meet its CSR commitments with the utmost dedication, always aiming to push sustainable development one step further for both society and corporations alike." Yan summarized.